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Mike Wood

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Mike Wood is a middle school teacher by day, husband/father by night, and author by accident. His first novel, Alchemy, was mostly written while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon (which is a cool injury when it happens on a football field, but not so cool when it occurs while dancing at an outdoor concert!) That injury, and a somewhat serendipitous meeting with best-selling author AJ Jacobs, inspired him to start pursuing his secret dream of being a writer. After many rejections from agents and publishers, he finally found someone foolish enough to publish his books…himself!

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Mike Wood My whole LIFE is writer's block, so I deal with it by doing what I enjoy: hanging with the family, riding my bike, reading, hiking...and then, in…moreMy whole LIFE is writer's block, so I deal with it by doing what I enjoy: hanging with the family, riding my bike, reading, hiking...and then, in those few periods where I have something to write, I write it. Of course, if there were deadlines and editors/agents breathing down my neck, that would be a different story, but "luckily" I get to write on my own terms(less)
Mike Wood The best thing about being a writer is being read. I used to think it was getting published, but publishing does not ensure that anyone will read it.…moreThe best thing about being a writer is being read. I used to think it was getting published, but publishing does not ensure that anyone will read it. Meeting, or hearing from, someone who read my book/column/story etc. is very rewarding...especially if they liked it!(less)
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Alchemy

3.57 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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I can’t believe I have to do this again, so soon after another beloved family member was taken too soon. Worse, when Mike Connors passed away, he did so knowing how much he was loved and appreciated, but I’m not sure if Steve French ever got that same feeling  As much as he hated it, much of Steve’s life was dependent on others, and I fear he died feeling more like a burden than a benefit.  An... Read more of this blog post »
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I've read these ALL out of order, so it was odd to read scenes from other POV's besides Harry's, and interesting to learn how relationships started and evolved. I was also surprised that the Doll Maker Murders were NOT the plot of first book, and wer ...more
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